“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Keystone in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Gutzon Borglum

(John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum)


—Born March 25, 1867--Died March 6, 1941 —

Gutzon Borglum Marker image. Click for full size.
By P. A. Miller, May 17, 2009
1. Gutzon Borglum Marker
Inscription. His birthplace was Idaho. California first taught him art. Then France, who first gave him fame. England welcomed him. America called him home. His genius for the exquisite as for the colossal, gave permanence on canvas, in bronze, in marble, to moods of beauty or passion, to figures of legend and history. Nations, cities, colleges paid him tribute. As a patriot, he stripped corruption bare. As a statesman, he toiled for equality in the rights of man. At last he carved a mountain for a monument. He made the monument chant: "Remember! These giant souls set America free and kept her free. Hold fast your sacred heritage, Americans! Remember! Remember!"

Borglum said, "I want somewhere in America, a memory of the great things we accomplished as a nation, placed so high it won't pay to pull it down for lesser purposes." The first actual Rushmore carving was begun in 1927. The project was nearly completed in 1941 when Borglum died. Mount Rushmore was completed by his son Lincoln, with the final drilling done October 31, 1941.

Starting with a log cabin as his first residence her on Grizzly Creek, the Borglum home was accessible by foot to the top of Mt. Rushmore. This is also the place Gutzon built the Mt. Rushmore generator plant. This Borglum art center (The Rushmore-Borglum Story) is dedicated to Gutzon Borglum. He said, "Every statue

The Lincoln statue outside the Rushmore-Borglum Center. image. Click for full size.
By P. A. Miller, May 17, 2009
2. The Lincoln statue outside the Rushmore-Borglum Center.
There are many works by Borglum in the center, sculpture, carving, prints, etc., and great information about his development as an artist.
should tell a story, it should portray a moment in our nation's history or a man's life that's worth remembering."
Location. 43° 53.469′ N, 103° 25.601′ W. Marker is in Keystone, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Marker is on Scenic South Dakota Route 16A, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. The pull-off from 16A is actually Roy Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 342 Winter Street, Keystone SD 57751, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Pigtail Bridges (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Power to Carve a Mountain (approx. 1.6 miles away); (Mount Rushmore) Chronology (approx. 1.7 miles away); History of the United States of America (approx. 1.7 miles away); Theodore Roosevelt (approx. 1.7 miles away); Rushmore Workers (approx. 1.8 miles away); George Washington (approx. 1.8 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Keystone.
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